Banana Bread Recipe for 2 Bananas

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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What can I do with 2 ripe bananas? Make banana bread of course! Don’t think that 2 bananas are enough to make deliciously moist banana bread? Well, you’re wrong. It’s totally possible. So how do you make banana bread with 2 bananas? You’re about to find out! This easy banana bread recipe made with 2 bananas and oil is moist and delicious. No mixer required, one bowl, and less than 10 minutes prep.

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat

I know the reason why you’re here. I know that you only have 2 bananas.

Sorry, that was a little intense.

So, you’re looking for a 2 banana bread recipe. Well, I’m happy to say that you’ve found it. This is a simple recipe with few ingredients, very easy to make, and beginner-friendly. It’s one of the best ways to use overripe bananas.




How do you make Banana Bread moist?

By using lots of bananas and oil or butter. I prefer banana bread with oil.

This recipe actually yields a tender and moist banana bread despite the small amount of bananas because compared to other recipes this one has more wet ingredients that don’t include milk or water that stretches the batter thin and also less flour.

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat

2 Banana Bread Recipe Ingredients

{Full recipe below}

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

These are all the ingredients you need. Nothing fancy or special. Just baking staples.

As you can see this recipe is completely dairy-free. It’s without butter or milk but you won’t miss either of them.

Since this bread would obviously be lacking a little in banana flavor I bumped up the vanilla and added cinnamon to make up for it. Absolutely delicious. You can add more or less spice depending on your personal preference. Feel free to add nuts as well.




How ripe should Bananas be for Banana Bread?

The best bananas for banana bread are overripe bananas that are speckled and half black/dark brown.

Besides the salt, vanilla, and spices, bananas are the main contributor of flavor in a banana loaf. So if you want your loaf to come out great every time, use overripe bananas.

How to quickly ripen Bananas for Banana Bread

  • Ripening bananas in the oven – Place the unpeeled bananas spaced apart on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 – 20 minutes until black or dark brown on the outside and soft to the touch. Allow them to cool before using.
  • Ripening bananas in the microwave – Using a fork, poke straight through the banana peel multiple times on all sides to allow the heat to easily penetrate then microwave for 30 seconds at a time, checking each time for doneness. This can take up to a couple of minutes depending on how green the bananas were to begin with. The bananas are done when they have the soft texture of a ripe banana. Cool before using.
  • Ripening bananas in a paper bag – Place the bananas in a loosely closed paper bag to help trap the ethylene gas (that is responsible for ripening) to help speed up the process. Check the bag once a day and remove the bananas when they have reached your desired ripeness.

These methods aren’t just useful for this recipe, they’re also useful for all the other ripe banana recipes that you’ll try.

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat

How to make Banana Bread with 2 Bananas

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep the baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine bananas, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt.
  3. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda and gently stir until incorporated. DO NOT over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil, then continue to bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or mostly clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.

That is how to make banana bread at home using only 2 bananas. Pretty simple huh?

Why is it necessary to cover the bread with foil?

The crust for this bread gets very dark very quickly. Covering it with foil at the 30 minute mark ensures that the crust doesn’t burn.

Often times I find that when you don’t use the foil the crust will be dark brown way before the bread is done baking therefore naturally causing you to pull the bread out of the oven before it’s done. And then you end up with a crust that’s fully baked or burnt and a middle that is mostly raw.

This has happened to me before in the past and I’ve even had it happen to me with other recipes as well. Fortunately, loosely covering the loaf with foil is a quick and easy solution.




How to Store Banana Bread

Store it in an airtight container, food-safe resealable bag, cover with foil, or wrap tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

How long does banana bread last? If stored correctly it should last for 2 – 3 days at room temperature and up to 1 week in the fridge.

How to Freeze Banana Bread

Wrap tightly in foil, plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag. You can also wrap tightly and place in a freezer bag for maximum protection.

How long does banana bread last in the freezer? For about 2 months.

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Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat
Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
53 mins
 
This easy banana bread recipe made with 2 bananas and oil is moist and delicious. No mixer required, one bowl, and less than 10 minutes prep.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 1 9x5 inch loaf
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, grease with oil or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine bananas, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

  3. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda and gently stir until incorporated. DO NOT over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil. 
    *This prevents the crust from burning.
  7. Continue to bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or mostly clean.

  8. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.
Notes

What to do if you don't have foil: Marisa says "I ran out of tin foil... At the 30 minute mark, I just turned my oven down to 325F and it seemed to work well enough for me. No burned tops, just deeply golden brown." Thank you, Marisa!



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95 comments

Dorothy May 12, 2020 - 3:54 pm

Happy to find your 2 banana recipe! Just finished baking this and it is DELICIOUS. I added 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips….yum.
Thanks for the foil tip….the crust is perfect.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 12, 2020 - 5:39 pm

Happy you found it as well! Glad you like it, Dorothy. I love that so many people know about this little foil trick now. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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Linda May 12, 2020 - 5:29 pm

This turned out great – love the cinnamon flavor. Nice texture, slices cleanly, delicious and nice-looking; I will make this again. Thank you!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 12, 2020 - 5:42 pm

Yay! So glad you’ll be making it again. I love the way you describe it; makes me want a slice.

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Debbie B May 12, 2020 - 9:08 pm

First off, THANK YOU for posting a 2-banana recipe! They are hard to find, and the ones I did find all require so many ingredients! I love that this is simple and straightforward. Secondly, I read all of the reviews before I made the recipe, and I have to agree with most of them.. this made my house smell AMAZING! You should patent that smell and make millions off the candles! I want to make this every day just for the smell! 🙂 But most importantly, this yielded the best banana bread I’ve ever made! My oven took a little longer to bake all the way through, and without the tinfoil idea, the crust would have been burnt. The crust did come out dark brown, but it wasn’t burnt or bitter tasting at all! It’s the perfect blend of flavors, and it definitely was not too sweet! Thank you for this recipe! It will be one I use for many years to come!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 13, 2020 - 2:19 pm

You’re very welcome! This is the exact reason why I shared this recipe. Lol, I wish I could do that! Wait, I wonder if that’s actually possible. 🤔 Wow! The best you’ve ever made? What a compliment. Thank you. A few other people have said this as well. I’m so glad this bread came out great for you. Thanks so much for the detailed review and for the 5-star rating!

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Pam May 15, 2020 - 10:44 am

I love baking and this recipe is very quick to make. The banana taste is not overpowering and the bread is super moist. The next time I make it I think I will try using brown sugar instead of granular to see if it will give the taste a little more punch. I would be interested in adding applesauce and my husband is in agreement. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 15, 2020 - 1:23 pm

That’s a great idea! However do keep in mind that the brown sugar will slightly change the texture and color of the bread, and it will most likely be moister too so it may take longer to bake. Hmm, I’ve never tried adding applesauce to this recipe before. If you do, let me know how it turns out!

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Pam June 9, 2020 - 9:59 am

Hi Crystal, I tried the brown sugar and I reduced the amount of oil to half and the other half I used applesauce. It took the bread an extra 10 minutes to bake (convection) and the texture was not too different from your original recipe. I have been baking them using convection bake and I don’t have to put the foil on top and it bakes fine without burning the top. I made two loafs and shared it with a neighbor who loves banana bread and her and her family ate it all within 2 days. Again, thanks for sharing your recipe.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat June 10, 2020 - 5:08 pm

That’s great!! That’s so interesting. A few other people have mentioned that they didn’t need to cover their bread with foil either. Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know how it turned out.

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Mea May 16, 2020 - 12:26 pm

Great recipe Crystal. Super moist and was glad to find a simple recipe using 2 bananas. I baked mine for 25 minutes on the second rack up. I will add walnuts next time and shared it with my neighbors! Thank you. YUM!!!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 16, 2020 - 12:42 pm

Thank you, Mea. 😊 I’m glad you found my recipe too. Walnuts sound like a great addition. I appreciate the 5-star rating. Happy baking!

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Mea May 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

It was great Crystal. I also meant 25 minutes longer after foil was removed, so 55 total. I used a whole wheat baking flour and recipe still stayed extra moist. I’ll be trying your pumpkin bread and will add pumpkin seeds. Always looking for extra protein. Have a great weekend.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat May 16, 2020 - 7:11 pm

Ohh, you mean after you covered it with foil. Good to know that it can be made with whole wheat flour. Enjoy the pumpkin bread! It’s one of my favorite vegan recipes. You have a great weekend as well.

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Lexi June 2, 2020 - 9:23 pm

Thankyou for this amazing recipe. It is so easy to make and it’s delicious. It is really hard to find a good 2 banana recipe but this one was awesome.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat June 3, 2020 - 9:58 am

You’re very welcome, Lexi. That’s true, it is, and that’s why I created my own. And I’m so glad that you like it! Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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Laura T. June 3, 2020 - 6:07 pm

OMG this banana bread came out AMAZING! Thank you for making this recipe so easy to follow. It came out so moist and delicious. I will definitely be using this recipe again! 🍌🍞❤️

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat June 4, 2020 - 1:09 am

No problem! I’m so glad that you like it! 😊 Thanks so much for the 5-star rating, Laura.

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Karen June 14, 2020 - 5:35 pm

I was looking for a banana bread recipe that only called for 2 bananas & this one fit the bill! It came out nice and moist with a perfect crust & a delicious flavor. The cook time was perfect. I used my Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pan & that worked well.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat June 15, 2020 - 11:13 am

Yay! I’m so happy to hear that. It’s so satisfying when the bake time is spot on, isn’t it? Thanks for the 5-star review, Karen!

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Carol Eisenthal June 30, 2020 - 10:13 pm

My husband’s uncle was visiting and left 2 bananas behind when he left. We are not fans of plain bananas. I specifically googled banana bread with 2 bananas and this recipe came up. It turned out amazing! Thank you so much. Easy to make also!!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat July 1, 2020 - 9:52 am

Happy to hear that! You’re very welcome, Carol. Thank you for the 5-star rating.

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Yenenesh July 9, 2020 - 5:48 pm

It came out perfectly!! Thank you

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat July 9, 2020 - 8:37 pm

You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to rate and review my recipe!

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Muffy August 18, 2020 - 10:07 am

Only had two very tired bananas; this recipe came up in my google search… so quick and easy. I’ll admit that I added some chocolate chips, coconut & walnuts to use them up from a previous recipe… soooo good. I will make this often; next time exactly as you wrote it! Thanks for a great recipe

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat August 18, 2020 - 10:20 am

I’m so happy that you consider this recipe a keeper! One of the great things about it is that you can customize it however you want so you don’t have to make it exactly as written. Your version sounds delicious!! Thanks so much for leaving a review.

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Bob July 24, 2020 - 10:51 am

My web search for 2 ripe bananas brought me here. This recipe is great. It made great slices to go with morning coffee.
I always add blueberries and walnut pieces to this kind of bread.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat July 24, 2020 - 11:51 am

Thank you for the 5-star rating, Bob. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I sometimes add blueberries to mine too.

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Sarah August 8, 2020 - 6:58 pm

Ooops! I used an 8×5 pan, and it’s already been baking 10 minutes. I should have read these comments first, as the recipe didn’t specify the loaf pan size. I’ll put the foil on after 30 minutes, but not sure how long it will take to finish now :(. Fingers crossed.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat August 9, 2020 - 6:29 pm

The loaf pan size is in the recipe. I think you must have missed it. I hope it turned out!

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Lucie August 15, 2020 - 11:08 am

Hello Crystal!
I was looking for a 2 banana recipe, cause wasting two perfect bananas would be a crime, really, and I hit the jackpot here. Turned out wonderfuly, super moist and fluffy with an yummy perfect crust! I don’t have a bread pan, so the dought went to a bundt cake pan, and well it can’t be called “bread” anymore. It’s super yummy banana bundtcake. :3
Thanks again for absolutely easy and yummy recipe.
Greetings from the Czech Republic 🙂

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat August 16, 2020 - 9:49 am

You’re very welcome, Lucie! Very true. I never waste my ripe bananas. I’m glad it turned out great in the bundt pan. Your description is exactly how the bread is supposed to be. Well done! Thank you for taking the time to rate and review my recipe.

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Elle September 18, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Like most everyone has said, I got here by searching for recipes using only 2 bananas. I’ve made twice a few months ago and it was perfect! I thought I reviewed at the time but I don’t see it. I furiously searched my Pinterest board for this recipe to make again today. It’s in the oven now, making my house smell scrumptious. My hubs and I can’t wait to eat it tonight after dinner. Thank you for an easy but super delicious recipe.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat September 19, 2020 - 9:39 am

Oh, wow. You’ve made it 3 times already?! I’m thrilled that you and your husband like my recipe this much! You’re very welcome. Thank you for coming back to leave a review.

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